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Necessary Skill Sets for the Chiropractor

Health care reform and changes in the payer system have profoundly influenced education and continuing education within the chiropractic profession. Competencies taught in chiropractic college are affected directly by scope-of-practice legislation, reform, and legal challenges to the profession.

Such competencies are vital to remaining competitive and successful.

This article reviews past challenges to the profession, especially in education and competencies, and identifies potential challenges, trends, and issues to be aware of in the 21st century. Included are 21 "competencies for the 21st century" as outlined by the PEW Commission, which made recommendations for all health professional groups to give directions for values, techniques and skills sets required to "thrive in practice in the managed care world." Skill sets discussed in the article include:

* clinical skills taught in chiropractic colleges;
* interpersonal skills and communication;
* professionalism and ethics;
* quality management and improvement;
* knowledge of informatics (computer-based); and
* economics of managed care/health systems.

Also presented are several useful websites that offer free information pertaining to skill sets discussed in the article. The author offers several key points for college/students and practitioners as conclusion, emphasizing the need for proactive, professional steps to strengthen the profession.

Bougie JD. Acquiring necessary skill sets for the competent and successful clinician. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 2000:7(1), pp14-22. Reprints: (800) 638-8437

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